Proteins are so important for the body, your brain has developed special mechanisms that increase the desire for them. If you need more, the body is encouraged to eat more protein; if you've ingested enough the effect stops. These messages are so strong and persistent that they are difficult to control by willpower.

This makes sense when you realize the many features the amino acids (the components of proteins) have. Adequate protein intake is important for the production of molecules such as enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and antibodies. Proteins also help in the replacement of cells, and in the transportation of a variety of substances throughout the body. In case of a shortage of intake the effects on the functioning of your body will be apparent.

Proteins make up approximately 15% of an average person’s total calorie intake. However, it may be opportune to increase intake to 20% or even 30%.

Who benefits from a higher than average protein intake?

People who want to lose weight:
A high protein diet supports weight loss as protein gives you a better feeling of being full than do saturated fats or carbohydrates. Because of this, you simply eat less. It has even been suggested that low-carb diets are so effective, not because they contain fewer carbohydrates, but because they are high in protein.

Athletes:
Proteins are critical for muscle repair. Do you regularly engage in intensive training? Additional proteins are no luxury. This holds true beyond strength athletes. Even endurance athletes, gamers or cross fitters will benefit.

Elderly and the chronically ill:
Both older and chronically ill people often suffer from muscle wasting. This affects important aspects of the overall quality of life since independence, vitality and mobility are likely to be affected.

People who experience regular stress:
Chronic stress is catabolic to the body. This means that the body breaks down muscle tissue. In this situation there is no appropriate balance between growth and replacement. Not only muscle mass is thus affected but also collagen reserves.

What are protein powders anyway?

Protein powders are food supplements containing a high percentage of protein. The proteins may be derived from animal or vegetable sources, including milk, fish skin, eggs, peas, rice, hemp, and soy.

Why should I use a protein powder?

Regardless of your personal goals, it is important to attain your daily protein intake needs. A protein powder can help you reach this daily goal, if only for reasons of convenience.

Taking whole food products such as meat, fish, eggs, or dairy protein have obvious nutritional advantages over powders. But realistically not everyone wants to eat meat, fish or eggs every day all day. Preparation is often a tasking chore.

In addition, it may be that a protein powder is better suited to your personal situation. A protein powder is easily digestible, the often considerable variation in available flavors, and convenience in the longer term—these are all good reasons to consider powder.

A protein powder can thus be a useful daily supplement. There are a thousand and one ways to make a protein shake or protein smoothie. Variations are endless and protein drinks are easy to take on the go, as ready-made shake or as a powder.

Two different but complementary Ergomax protein powders

1) Ergomax Whey Protein is a concentrated cow milk product made from fresh milk from European pasture cows. Because the whey is minimally processed at low temperatures it retains its natural texture and nutritional value. This contrasts with ordinary whey protein powders which hail from the cheese industry or derive from stable cows.

2) Ergomax Collagen hydrolysate is made from skin of wild North Atlantic cod. Because collagen is hydrolyzed (that is, pre-digested), it is quickly and easily absorbed. The important amino acids glycine, lysine and proline can be found in particularly high amounts in our collagen hydrolysate. All of these amino acids are important for the proper functioning of the body. The unique ratios of amino acids are unique to collagen and these are typically missing in today’s diet.

 

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